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NCAA grants Power Five conferences more autonomy
NCAA grants Power Five conferences more autonomy

The NCAA board of directors voted Thursday to grant the five wealthiest college football conferences more freedom to pass legislation without approval of the full NCAA membership. Although the outcome was widely anticipated, the 16-2 decision conducted at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis is subject to a 60-day veto period but is not expected to be overridden. The 65 schools representing the Pac-12, Southeastern, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences had threatened to form their own division if not granted more autonomy. These "Power Five" leagues had grown frustrated by being overruled by the larger Division I membership of 351 schools. Thanks to huge football...